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  • The paradox of communicating CSR: Time to refocus

    October 12, 2021

    Many companies try to improve their image by communicating their involvement in socially responsible activities. This often arouses scepticism rather than achieving the intended goal. Greta Thunberg conveyed it most eloquently: “Blah, blah, blah”. In this series, we explore ways to successfully manage the predicament. Time to refocus In post 1. 'Reality check', we highlighted the reputational challenge that corporations face when communicating their socially responsible activities.  Let’s now take a short definitional excursion to...

  • The paradox of communicating CSR: Reality check

    October 8, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio Many companies try to improve their image by communicating their involvement in socially responsible activities. This often arouses scepticism rather than achieving the intended goal. Greta Thunberg conveyed it most eloquently: “Blah, blah, blah”. In this series we explore ways to successfully manage the predicament. There is a difficult challenge that companies face when trying to communicate their corporate social responsibility (CSR): the lack of...

  • Previewing the Conservative Party Conference 2021

    October 3, 2021

    By Tomos Davies, director As Conservatives gather this week for their annual Conservative Party Conference 2021, the first in-person meeting since Boris Johnson’s triumphant 2019 general election victory, they do so against a turbulent and uncertain political backdrop. As Britain’s forecourts run dry, the cost of living spirals, and with warnings of a winter of discontent on the horizon, Conservatives congregating in Manchester will hope for a dash of that fabled Johnsonian tonic to banish...

  • Labour Conference 2021 Round-up: Five things we learned

    September 30, 2021

    Labour Conference 2021: Starmer slays the Corbyn dragon, but will he now resonate with the public? Four days of Labour Conference is quite enough Conference for most. However, I hugely enjoyed being back amongst party members, MPs, peers and the wider business community for the first in-person Labour Conference since 2019. It’s safe to say that Brighton 2021 was a mixed bag for the party, but there are clear signs that Labour is now once...

  • Communicating corporate social responsibility: Corporate responsibility as a negotiation between organisation and stakeholders

    September 28, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate responsibility. Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? In the third post, 'Corporate responsibility as a strategic activity', we examined the idea...

  • Inside Labour Business Day 2021: Finding a new normal

    September 27, 2021

    The party conferences are back and with them the challenge of speaking to multiple audiences – to the party faithful, to the general public and to competing interest groups. But where does business feature in this mix? At Labour Business Day 2021, the party is signalling that it cannot achieve the better future it seeks for the workforce, the planet and for local communities without working better with business. But how will it cultivate this...

  • Communicating corporate responsibility: Corporate responsibility as a strategic activity

    September 23, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate social responsibility. Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? In the second post, “Corporate responsibility as social conformity or CSR”, we looked...

  • Communicating corporate social responsibility: Corporate responsibility as social conformity or CSR

    September 20, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? In the first post in the series, 'Communicating corporate social responsibility', I...

  • Communicating corporate social responsibility

    September 15, 2021

    Richard Costa, Director and Head of Corporate Reporting at Ensemble Studio. There is a great deal of ambiguity that shrouds the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Not only is there a lack of consensus as to what it actually means, more than ever companies are also expected to communicate theirs. It’s a riddle wrapping an enigma. How should corporations approach communicating corporate responsibility? Corporate responsibility, three ways In the absence of an immediate answer...

  • Cyber security communications: Preparing for and managing a ransomware attack

    August 6, 2021

    Jud Moore, Senior Partner and EMEA crisis lead Last week President Biden made a stark prediction “I think it’s more than likely we’re going to end up, if we end up in a war—a real shooting war with a major power—it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence and it’s increasing exponentially, the capabilities.” A rather sobering thought but perhaps not a wholly surprising one. Closer to home, the...